1. Eden is a video poem that documents the body and workings of Sydney's rail freight network, specifically those of the Metropolitan Goods railway line, which consists of several interconnecting rail corridors and passages linking the city's (present and past) ports to its various (present and past) freight yards.

    In this video, imagery of the rail network as it extends from the area around Campsie to the Enfield intermodal yard and across to Flemington scrolls across a triptych, serving to simulate the experience of watching a landscape pass by from the window of a moving train.

    This emphasis on the bodily rhythm of freight is intended to provoke us into inquiring: Where do our goods come from? And how are they made?

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Eden

Alice McCredie-Dando

Eden is an ode to Sydney’s Metropolitan Goods railway line, which consists of several interconnecting rail corridors and passages linking the city’s (present and past) ports to its various (present and past) freight yards.

Imagery of the rail network…


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Eden is an ode to Sydney’s Metropolitan Goods railway line, which consists of several interconnecting rail corridors and passages linking the city’s (present and past) ports to its various (present and past) freight yards.

Imagery of the rail network scrolls across two projected triptychs in a loop, simulating for the viewer the experience of watching a landscape pass by from the window of a moving train.

But as much as signalling an effort at description, Eden’s emphasis on the network’s material structure and rhythm is a quiet refusal of contemporary myths of proximity, instantaneity and simultaneity.

Where do our goods come from?

How do they get from point A to point B?

And why?

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